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USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 10, 2018

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Dec. 10, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:

287

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships Underway Non-deployed Ships Underway Total Ships Underway
44 24 68

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces 3rd Fleet 4th Fleet 5th Fleet 6th Fleet 7th Fleet Total
0 1 3 24 23 50 101

In the Western Pacific

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) transits the Philippine Sea on Nov. 16 , 2018. US Navy Photo

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is in homeport in Yokosuka, Japan. The Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group is in homeport in Sasebo, Japan.

In the North Arabian Sea

Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Calvin Knuth, from Des Moines, Ind., places a slot seal on a steam-powered catapult on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Indian Ocean on Dec. 7, 2018. US Navy Photo

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is now in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. A U.S. aircraft carrier has not been in the Middle East region since USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) left in March.

Carrier Strike Group 3

Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Adam Franzblau, from Littleton, Col., arrives at a simulated casualty during a general quarters drill aboard the aircraft carrier on USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Indian Ocean on Dec. 7, 2018. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), homeported in Bremerton, Wash. (shifting to Norfolk, Va., upon completion of deployment)

Carrier Air Wing 9

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Noel Francis, from Pompano, Fla., stands watch on the fantail aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Indian Ocean on Dec. 7, 2018. US Navy Photo

CVW 9, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California, is embarked aboard Stennis and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Black Aces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Tophatters” of VFA-14 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Warhawks” of VFA-97 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Vigilantes” of VFA-151 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Wizards” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Wallbangers” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 from Naval Air Station Pt Mugu, CA
  • The “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Chargers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Raptors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.

Destroyer Squadron 21

Sailors simulate fighting a fire during a damage control training exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) on Dec. 1, 2018. US Navy Photo

The leadership of DESRON 21 is embarked aboard Stennis and commands the guided-missile destroyers that are operating as part of the CSG.

  • USS Stockdale (DDG-106), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Spruance (DDG-111), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
  • USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Guided-missile Cruiser
USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

Sailors participate in a flight deck fire drill aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD-23) in the Mediterranean Sea on Dec. 4, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway in the Persian Gulf. The ARG includes Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2), San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) and Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD-47), along with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

The ARG has been operating in a disaggregated fashion. Anchorage has been operating in the Mediterranean Sea in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, while Essex and Rushmore have been operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

In the Eastern Atlantic

USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) as the ship transits the Strait of Gibraltar on Dec. 4, 2018. US Navy Photo

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is underway in the Eastern Atlantic.

Carrier Strike Group 8

Airman Hutson Knutson transits the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Dec. 7, 2018. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier:
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Carrier Air Wing 1

Aircraft perform a flyover above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Dec. 7, 2018. US Navy Photo

CVW 1 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., is embarked aboard Harry S. Truman and includes nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Red Rippers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Checkmates” of VFA-211 from Naval Air Station Oceania, Va.
  • The “Sunliners” of VFA-81 from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.
  • The “Knighthawks” of VFA-136 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
  • The “Rooks” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 137 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Seahawks” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Rawhides” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Dragon Slayers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 11 from Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.
  • The “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM 72) from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

Destroyer Squadron 28

Lt. j.g. Angelica Glover writes a plot on a navigation chart aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) in the Mediterranean Sea on Nov. 13, 2018. US Navy Photo

The leadership of DESRON 28 is embarked aboard Harry S. Truman and commands the guided-missile destroyers that are operating as part of the CSG.

  • USS Farragut (DDG-99), homeported in Mayport, Fla.
  • USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98), homeported in Norfolk, Va.
  • USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Guided-missile Cruiser

USS Normandy (CG-60) transits the Adriatic Sea, on Nov. 27, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Normandy (CG-60), homeported in Norfolk, Va.

In the Western Atlantic

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) are underway in the Virginia Capes Operating Areas.

According to the Navy, Lincoln completed its Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT)

“CSQTT is pivotal because it certifies our weapons systems,” Cmdr. Scott Ryan, Abraham Lincoln’s Combat Direction Center Officer, said in a statement.
“CSQTT’s purpose is to show our ship’s self-defense system (SSDS) can protect the ship. To do that, we have to live-fire each weapons system at a target and either hit the target or get close to it, depending on the weapons system.”

In Mayport, Fla.

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) prepares to moor pier-side in its homeport of Mayport, Fla. on Dec. 4, 2018. US Navy Photo

After disembarking the 24th MEU last weekend, the Iwo Jima ARG arrived in its homeport of Mayport, Fla., on Dec. 4.

The ARG includes USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), USS New York (LPD 21) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44).

In the Caribbean Sea/Trujillo, Honduras

USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) is anchored off the coast of Honduras as part of an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative on Dec. 6, 2018. US Navy Photo

Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) is in Honduras. According to the Navy, “Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants.”

In the Eastern Pacific

An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the ‘Argonauts’ of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on Dec. 8, 2018. US Navy Photo

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is underway for training in the Southern California Operating Areas conducting operations with F-35C Lighting II Strike Fighters.

In addition to these major formations, not shown are thousands of others serving in submarines, individual surface ships, aircraft squadrons, SEALs, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Forces, Coast Guard cutters and more serving throughout the globe.

  • Centaurus

    That’s alot of powerful ships underway, gentlemen and women. It [email protected] all over any other Navy by far. And it looks cool, too.

  • publius_maximus_III

    Looks like lots of folks will be away from home this Christmas, doing the dangerous work of the USN and USMC around the world. Whether in port or at sea, may God watch over them all.